October 21, 2004  ·  Granny D

Well, the debate was fun, but frightening, of course. There were so many times when I felt like a fool–not finding my words or letting some golden opportunities just slide by. But it was wonderful to be finally looking him in the eye and speaking the truth right at him. WMUR has an online poll of viewers. Those who though I won: 79%. Those who though Judd Gregg won: 20%. So I thank my many coaches on this site, and for all your encouragement, which was very real and very strengthening to me.

And to Professor Lessig, I do so thank you for your generous hospitality here. I shall look into getting one of these blogs for myself one day soon, and I will always thank you for teaching me how to do it.

A big walk and three speeches tomorrow, so I’m to bed!

Love again to all,

Doris

October 21, 2004  ·  Granny D

I sincerely want to thank the many of you who gave me so much information and so many valuable perspectives on the issues I’ve raised here. In less than an hour I will go into the lion’s den to debate Judd Gregg. He, as you may know, is the fellow who prepped Geo. Bush for his debates. My only hope is that George returns the favor!

Otherwise, we are doing what campaigns are supposed to do before a debate: lowering expectations. That is difficult in my case, as we are already just where a campaign would want to be. Going for me are, let’s see, age 94, emphysema, arthritis, nearly deaf, no experience debating, didn’t read the newspapers this morning. All that is finally an asset!

Love to you all!

Doris (http://GrannyD.com)

October 21, 2004  ·  Lessig

In a couple hours, Granny D debates her opponent in the New Hampshire Senate Race, Judd Gregg. Here is a great site that summarizes his views on the issues. From the Lessig Blog (and Lessig!), good luck, Granny D. Just show who you are, and the rest will take care of itself. Speak real — not, e.g., “New Hampshire is a special place, home to many wonderful people.” (from the Judd site), but the way you’ve spoken here.

October 19, 2004  ·  Granny D

Granny D again. I’m just two nights away from my CSPAN debate with Senator Judd Gregg, who seems to want to keep his Senate seat, and I’m very nervous. It is hard for a 94 year-old woman from the woods to think about going against a career politician lawyer, but I got myself into this mess.

We get to ask each other four questions. I think I know what I will ask him (see http://GrannyD.org), but I can’t imagine what he will ask me. If he hired you to come up with a question or two, what would you come up with? I’m sure he wants to put me on the spot without looking mean or disrespectful of my age. Any ideas?

Oh, and I VERY much appreciate all the posts in reply to my messages. I am learning a great deal.

Yours, Doris “Granny D” Haddock

October 19, 2004  ·  Granny D

Granny D here. I love this blog world–you make a general statement and then some people write a book for you about it. Thank you all for your comments on protectionism. I am totally persuaded and will now stop pruning my garden, leaving behind my old fashioned notion that editing and flowering are necessary partners.

What does continue to bother me, however, is the unsaid notion that labor is one of the several components of manufacturing, when, in fact, it is us. Economists (and their hunchbacked evil blogger assistants) tend to make such deadly abstractions that they lose sight of this, as if the Economy were a demigod or at least a being unto itself, whose health we must serve by sacrificing our own.

That abstraction is most likely to happen where the people do not have the means to represent their own interests. So, as a democracy becomes less so– say, as a result of the imposition of special interest campaign donors, a corporate-dominated news media, and so forth– the jobs and needs of the people are more likely to be considered as abstractions and as replaceable moving parts, rather than as real lives. The conversation in many of the blogger replies reflects this abstraction in favor of the demigod Market or the demigod Economy.

The rationalization that the Good will Eventually be served in a widespread manner is rather a crock, as Eventually, like the Leisure Society, never really comes. Let’s have a democracy that really expresses our need for good jobs and health care and all the rest, and see if, in fact, we don’t craft a better society than the horror show now being crafted by the abstracted free market. Wouldn’t real democracy be a better kind of free market–with We the People really free? It is a given that nations with the most poverty have the least democracy, as people do not chose to be poor and exploited if they have a say in it. Right now, we do not have a say in outsourcing, for example, not because a natural market force is working in the world, but because our interests are not being represented, and corporate interests are. It is fairly simple, despite all the charts and books, and as our wise Yogi said, you can see a lot just by looking.

October 18, 2004  ·  Lessig

So lots of great reaction to p2p-politics.org today, and we’ve modified in response. In particular:

(1) We’ve changed “Nader” to “Other” so as to encourage other (actually more prominent) candidates to be included without adding too many tabs;

(2) Adding a comment link to each ad, so if you have a view about an ad you’d like to express, there’s a wiki page to do it;

(3) Adding the option to upload audio as well as video;

(4) Adding RSS/Atom feeds, so you can subscribe to new content.

Still no response from the Bush campaign. And of course, throughout, “we” here means the tech sorts, and today, that meant Aaron.

October 18, 2004  ·  Lessig

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p2p-politics.org went live this morning. This was an idea a couple of us had last week. I blogged for a web designer on Thursday. J Christopher Garcia was among the first. Aaron did the backend design.

The idea is simple: Send a message. There is a pile of clips to select among. Select some that best express a point you think a friend should hear. Put the friends address into the email box. Add some text yourself. Click send. Your friend will receive an email, with links back to the clips, and also an invitation to do the same to someone else. Anyone can upload relevant content to the site, though for obvious copyright and other reasons, all entries must be reviewed before going live.

MoveOn was able to give us the initial content — 150 ads from the BushIn30Seconds contest. The Kerry campaign has added some of its own. I’ve invited, through a number of channels, the Bush campaign to add something. No reply yet.

The Internet Archive is hosting the content under a Creative Commons license. Thanks to Brewster, J Christopher, and Aaron for pulling this together so amazingly quickly.

October 17, 2004  ·  Granny D

I know, why am I worried about protection at my age? I really don’t want to be labeled a protectionist, but I think there is a happy medium between raw free marketeering and highwall protectionism. My father worked as a laborer in a furniture warehouse in Laconia, NH. He was able to own a house and raise five kids pretty decently. You can’t do that anymore, and the reason is that the economy is no longer self-contained in the way that a good system or a good machine can be. Without some containment, it’s rather like trying to farm without scarecrows, on the theory that the hungry birds are part of the free market of the farm, or letting the irrigation go wherever it likes, without channels to keep it from seeking the lowest point of the field. Healthy systems have their boundaries.

Many thanks those of you who have wished me luck in my debate with Judd Gregg later this week. No, he didn’t agree to it because he’s running scared! I’m sure he isn’t too worried. We have a tradition of debates in New Hampshire (town halls and all that), and he is just honoring that tradition. If anybody’s teeth are chattering, they are mine, but, luckily, they are on my dresser table!

Excuse my absense from this blog, but I was in transit back from a speech at Cal Poly in California. I put up my speech at http://grannyd.com/speeches.php in case you need something to put you to sleep tonight.

My, the college kids are fantastic! The greatest thing about George Bush is that he has awakened and organized an entire generation. If they vote, he is history.

Speaking of history, does anyone care to compare the dollars involved with Teapot Dome with the dollars involved with Enron, Halliburton and all the other inside scandals in the current White House? Won’t history record this as the most corrupt administration in our history?